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Comedy usually meant for heroes: Nushrat

Mumbai: She may have starred in several comedy films, but Nushrat Bharucha feels the genre usually belongs to heroes with very little scope for the actresses.
Nushrat, best known for starring in the popular “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” franchise, says actresses are often laughed at as they are not expected to do something smart. “Doing a comedy is a bit different for girls. Nobody expects girls to do something smart, or give one liners in a film. Usually people laugh at her (the character). The heroes, on the other hand, are going to be laughed with. There is a difference,” Nushrat said.
The actress was recently awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation award for her comic role in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2″. Giving an example of Chandler and Rachel, popular characters from the hit sitcom “Friends”, the 30-year-old actress says she worked hard so as to not make her character a caricature in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2″.
“A character like Chandler Bing, who is smart, funny and extremely charming, exists, while at the same time there is a Rachel who some people think is just a blonde who cannot do anything. “I had to work hard on my character so as not to make it become a caricature, not just limit her as the butt of jokes but make her more human,” she said.
The actress made her debut with “Jai Santoshi Ma” in 2006and went on to act in Dibakar Banerjee’s “Love Sex aur Dhokha” before gaining prominence with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama”, which chronicles the life of three heartbroken boys. Nushrat feels now is the best time for filmmakers in Bollywood to come up with a genuine movie which explores female bonding. PTI

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Team leaves for US to attend B-to-B meet

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to attract foreign investments to state, a high-level team headed by industry minister Debi Prasad Mishra left for the United States of America (USA) to attend the Global Investment Meet at Silicon Valley which is scheduled to held between May 4 and 7.
IT secretary PK Jena, industry secretary Sanjiv Chopra, Idco managing director Sanjay Singh and officials from Orissa Computer Application Centre (OCAC) and some entrepreneurs from different organisations are part of the team. The team will attend various business-to-business meetings and the global meetings of entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors at Silicon Valley.
“We will attend the global investment meet to highlight the investment opportunities in the state. We will tell them about Orissa’s performance in terms of attracting investments and measures to be taken to boost IT and Electronic System Designing and Manufacturing (EDMS) sector,” said Mishra.
The delegation would also interact with investors of Silicon Valley on the occasion of Biju Birth Centenary celebrations at Santa Clara Convention Centre, San Francisco and discuss Biju Babu’s role in development of Orissa, he said.
The inaugural meet of the four-day long programme will discuss Global Entrepreneurship Trends and government’s role in promoting technology entrepreneurship, among other issues.
The team would also visit Facebook headquarters, Plug and Play Incubator, Stanford University Incubator. They will discuss and take inputs regarding policies for start-up May 5.

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Under pressure, Mallya quits RS

New Delhi,: Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, Monday resigned from Rajya Sabha, a day before the ethics committee of Rajya Sabha was set to recommend his expulsion.

In his resignation letter to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari, he said he does not want his “name and reputation to be further dragged in the mud”. “And since recent events suggest that I will not get a fair trial or justice, I am hereby resigning as a member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect,” Mallya said in the letter.
He also referred to the letter written to him by the chairman of the ethics committee of Rajya Sabha Karan Singh and said he had replied to Singh. This is Mallya’s second term in Rajya Sabha and it would have otherwise come to an end on July 1.
RS ethics panel, which had taken up the matter, had unanimously decided in its April 25 meeting that Mallya should no longer remain a member of the house and was planning to recommend his expulsion in its next meeting May 3. At the same time, the panel had decided to give Mallya one week time to explain his conduct.
In a step closer to initiating his deportation, the government had revoked the passport of Mallya, who is believed to be in the UK after leaving India on March 2.
Mallya said he received a letter from panel chairman Karan Singh dated April 25 in which it was stated that the RS?chairman had referred an issue to the committee on ethics regarding “purported default” by Mallya in the “repayment of bank loans”, which have “not been reflected” in his declaration of assets and liabilities.

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UN tribunal roots for Italian marine

Rome/New Delhi: A UN arbitration tribunal has ruled in favour of an Italian marine, held in India on murder charges, by allowing him to return home pending the arbitration proceedings at the Hague.

Two Italian marines — Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are facing charges of murdering two fishermen in 2012 off the Kerala coast. Latorre is back in Italy after a stroke in 2014 while Girone is staying in Italian embassy here. The two countries have agreed to arbitration by the UN Court.
Reports from Rome said the UN tribunal court has ruled that pending arbitration proceedings, Girone may be permitted to return home. However, the tribunal’s order is expected to be made public Tuesday.
Sources in New Delhi denied reports that the marine has been ordered to be freed, saying Italy was “misrepresenting the order which actually affirms the Indian Supreme Court’s authority over the matter.
Information reaching the Indian government said “India and Italy asked to approach Supreme Court for relaxation of bail conditions for Girone. Possible return to Italy strictly conditional on Italy guaranteeing to return him if required.”
“Foreign ministry informs that the arbitral tribunal set up in The Hague has anticipated today its decision that Girone Rifleman (be allowed to go) back in Italy until the end of the arbitration proceedings, initiated by the government June 26, 2015.  Agencies

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